This live recording documents the brief period around our second trip to East Africa in Winter 2010, a journey that took our Ethio-groove collective across the world to share our interpretations of 1970s-era brass band-style Ethiopian funk. During this time we played a five-part hometown residency, a cosmopolitan Addis Ababa nightclub, and one of the largest music festivals in Africa. Along the way, we once again collaborated with dear friends and outstanding traditional artists: Melaku Belay and his group Fendika.///The flamingo is a majestic bird that thrives in the volcanic lake regions of East Africa's Great Rift Valley. Like many African animals, mystery and myths surround the origins of this long-necked pink bird. Our "flamingoh" is no exception: Flaming feathers (re)birthed from a breaking dawn. A dawn that rips open the sky.///The four tracks offered here are just the beginning: we have a documentary, featuring our escapades with Fendika, and a full-length live album on the way. This is our dawn: goh qeddede.///
released 04 September 2010
Bruck Tesfaye - vocals Stacey Cordeiro - accordion Kaethe Hostetter - five-string violin Jonah Rapino - electric violin Danny Mekonnen - tenor and baritone saxophones Abye Osman - alto saxophone David Harris - trombone Brendon Wood - guitar Arik Grier - sousaphone PJ Goodwin - electric bass Keith Waters - drums
Produced by Danny Mekonnen and PJ Goodwin.
Recorded by Joe Cusella, PJ Goodwin, Daniel Fox, and Joe Williams.
Mixed by Daniel Fox at Zumix.
Additional mixing by PJ Goodwin, David Harris, Jonah Rapino, and Danny Mekonnen.
Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital.
Artwork and design by James Weinberg.
Thanks to Hendeke Asrat, Sayem Osman, Heruy Arefe-Aine, Yusuf Mahmoud, Sophie Bernard, Joe Cusella, Ashley Hodson, Doug Demay, Jim Thomson, Daniel D'Errico, Francis Falceto, Dan Hirsch, Gabe Birnbaum, Simeneh Betreyohannes, Trudi Cohen, Ageazit Girma, and Charlie Sutton.
Special thanks to Melaku Belay, Zinash Tsegaye, Selamnesh Zemene, Asrat Ayalew, and everyone at FENDIKA.